We seek a postdoctoral researcher within the field of environmental epigenetics. Research frequently shows that pollutants cause health concerns, such as cancer, developmental toxicity, or behavioral disorders. Recent studies discovered that these health risks are related to epigenetic changes that may be transferred over generations, even if they are no longer exposed. These epigenetic mechanisms can be altered by pollutants, such as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). The researcher will investigate the potential of selected PFAS to cause epigenetic changes and whether these changes cause serious adverse effects that are transferred over generations in zebrafish (Danio rerio).
The position as a postdoctoral researcher is intended to enable persons who have recently been awarded their doctoral degree, to consolidate and develop primarily their research skills. The postdoctoral researcher will be primarily in charge of the transgenerational study with zebrafish and the investigation of molecular changes and adverse effects. Thus, the researcher shall spend his or her working hours mainly on research but will be also responsible for the technical and administrative day-to-day management. The appointment may also include teaching, when there is a need within the organization, to facilitate the researcher to acquire qualifications for a teaching appointment at the University. The share of teaching may not exceed 20 percent of a full-time position.
Eligible for the appointment as postdoctoral researcher are applicants holding a doctoral degree in Biology or in related subject areas. The doctoral degree should have been awarded no more than three years prior to the application deadline. Candidates who have obtained their doctoral degree prior to that may however also be considered if special grounds exist (leave of absence due to illness, parental leave, clinical duties, an elected position in a trade union, or other similar circumstances).